The Jeju Love Affair

Dubbed as the “Hawaii of Korea”, Jeju island is brimming with natural wonders including a volcanic landscape, beautiful beaches, stunning coastline, lush countryside, and home to South Korea’s tallest mountain. The Jeju love affair began some 12 to 15 years ago and it’s all because of a drama. … More The Jeju Love Affair

Day 2: Echo Valley & Sagada’s Hanging Coffins

Take note that these photos were taken two years ago, January 2018, during my first trip to Sagada. 😉 Perhaps, one of the most popular attractions in Sagada is the Echo Valley and its famous hanging coffins. Tourists would usually take the Echo Valley tour first due to its fairly easy trail and spectacular scenery, … More Day 2: Echo Valley & Sagada’s Hanging Coffins

2016 Taen Tulip Festival/2016년 태안 튤립 축제 – Spring Series in Korea

Ah spring! As Gerard Hopkins would say, ‘Nothing is so beautiful as Spring’. Nothing beats spring season for me. Spring season signals the end of cold winter, colorful flowers start to bloom and for travelers, no more winter coat and layers of clothing when you go out. In Korea, there are numerous spring festivals including … More 2016 Taen Tulip Festival/2016년 태안 튤립 축제 – Spring Series in Korea

Cheonggyecheon/청계천 – Spring Series in Korea

Cheonggyecheon (청계천) is another popular tourist attraction in downtown Seoul. It’s also a personal favorite. Locals and foreign tourists frequent this long stretch of recreation space which includes an 8.4 km stream flowing through downtown Seoul. It’s another fabulous place to people-watch as you can see office workers, couples, families, friends strolling around, tossing coins … More Cheonggyecheon/청계천 – Spring Series in Korea

Changdeokgung/창덕궁 (World Heritage Site) Part 1 – Spring Series in Korea

Changdeokgung is one of my favorite palaces in Seoul aside from Gyeongbokgung. Changdeokgung or Changdeok Palace (궁 or”Gung” means palace) is one of the Five Grand Palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. It was built during the reign of King Taejo in the 15th century. It features a public palace area, the royal residence and a … More Changdeokgung/창덕궁 (World Heritage Site) Part 1 – Spring Series in Korea

Gyeongbokgung/경복궁 – Spring Series in Korea

Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace was the main royal palace during the Joseon dynasty. It is located in northern Seoul and it is the largest of the five grand palaces built during the Joseon dynasty. It also house the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum. Entrance Fee: 3,000 won (closed on Tuesdays) … More Gyeongbokgung/경복궁 – Spring Series in Korea

The Garden of Morning Calm – Spring Series in Korea

One of my favorite destinations outside Seoul is The Garden of Morning Calm. The garden was conceptualized by Han Sang-kyung and was inspired by the poem of Sir Tagore who described Korea as “The Land of the Morning Calm”. The garden is the oldest private garden in Korea and features various festivals during different seasons: Spring: … More The Garden of Morning Calm – Spring Series in Korea